The Race

Rás na mBan (pronounced “Raws na mon” – literally “women’s race”) was established in 2006 and is Ireland’s only women’s international stage race. In 2022, 25 teams of five riders representing 16 different nations took to the start in Kilkenny for an event that has become established as one of the toughest and friendliest autumn stage races on the calendar.

The 2023 edition of the race is the 17th under the title of Rás na mBan and the 36th annual international stage race for women in Ireland. In its current format it runs for five days and six stages totalling over 400km of racing action. Once again headquartered in Kilkenny, this year’s event will run from September 6th to 10th when it will, for the seventh time, take in the stunning scenery of County Kilkenny located in the south of Leinster, a province of Ireland.

The best Irish riders based at home and abroad will once again compete with riders from the rest of Europe and beyond.

The event is promoted by the Rás na mBan organisers under the auspices of Cycling Ireland.